Saundra has worked with the Karnas Law Firm for the last 15 years and now serves as the firm’s Comptroller. She manages the firm’s cash flow, client settlements and lien resolutions. She works closely with attorneys and staff to provide clients with the best possible financial outcome after settling their claim.
Growing up in Tucson, Saundra’s home was filled with books and learning. Her mother was a bookkeeper for a non-profit and Saundra spent her summer vacations posting to journals and general ledgers while practicing her violin and playing numerous sports. Saturday mornings were spent with her mother delivering meals to shut-ins through Meals on Wheels.
But it was her attendance at Girl’s State in 1980 and meeting former governor Rose Mofford that she became fascinated by the law and governance. It was this meeting with the first woman governor that inspired Saundra to begin her life-long commitment to excellence, integrity, women in leadership and continuing education.
Saundra was granted a full scholarship from the University of Arizona (UofA) School of Music where she received her Bachelor of Arts in Violin Performance. Soon after graduating from the UofA, she received her Masters in Organizational Management from the University of Phoenix. She spent many years in small business management, real estate and accounting before coming to work full-time for the Karnas Law Firm. In 2013, she received a Masters in Forensic Accounting from Florida Atlantic University.
Her passion for the Law and personal rights have kept Saundra engaged at the Karnas Law Firm for many years. She complements the Karnas Law attorneys with her accounting and lien resolution skills. There is nothing more satisfying to Saundra than reaching a net settlement for a client that exceeds their expectations.
Mariana R. Castro
Case Manager, Mariana R. Castro, is a proud “Old Pueblo” native and U of A Wildcat. Mariana graduated from Sahuaro High School in 1998. She then took some time off from school to work and financially contribute to her single-parent household after the loss of her father, Pablo Romero. She then recognized the importance and real power behind higher-education and graduated from the University of Arizona in 2009 where she earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Behavioral Sciences, majoring in Political Science with a minor in Business.
Mariana is a member of the AZ State Bar Association as well as the Tucson Paralegal Association, where she enjoys networking and volunteering for the community under their programs. With the support of Karnas Kids Foundation, she can create and organize such as Karnas Kostumes during Halloween and the Karnas Kids Back to School Drive in the Tucson office.
Mariana also enjoys hiking and traveling abroad. As a true Arizonan, Ms. Castro is a loyal Arizona Diamondbacks and Cardinals fan. Ms. Castro demonstrates only determination and persistence in providing Karnas Law Firm, PLLC and its clients with quality case management. Under the supervision of “Koach Karnas,” she places herself in the clients’ shoes and helps achieve the most desirable and fastest outcome for clients and their families.
Mary Hernandez was born and raised in Phoenix, Arizona. A mother of two and grandmother of 7. Graduated from South Mountain High School located in Phoenix, Arizona. She moved to Yuma, Arizona in 2002.
Mary has worked in the legal profession for 12 years working as a legal assistant. Started in the legal profession in 2003 working for a bankruptcy attorney and have through that area gained experience in family, criminal, and personal injury law.
Victoria Hahn has worked in the legal arena as a Senior Litigation Paralegal for more than 20 years.
In 1992, she graduated with her Paralegal Degree with honours from Spokane Community College in Spokane, Washington. In 2003, she graduated Magna Cum Laude with highest honours from Whitworth College in Spokane Washington with a Bachelor Degree. During her tenure as a paralegal she has prepared multi-million-dollar cases for trial and mediation with positive outcomes for clients.
Victoria relocated from Washington to Arizona in 2016 and has contracted her services with Karnas Law Firm, PLLC. since that time.
Paulette Demara is the youngest member of Karnas Law Firm, she is a born and raised Tucsonan. She provides her expertise in Social Media Marketing catching the attention of our audience with more information about us and how we can help you. She looks forward to pursuing a career in the legal field, Paulette says, “I enjoy seeing how we change and affect the lives of others showing them that we can help make a difference.”
Charlene Surgeon was born and raised in Albuquerque, New Mexico. After graduating high school Charlene relocated to Phoenix, Arizona in 1994 to start a career in banking. She spent most of the next nine years working for companies such as Bank of America and Chase Bank. Charlene then earned an associate’s degree in criminal justice and a bachelor’s degree in Business.
Later in 2007, Charlene, moved to Tucson Arizona, where she spent the next nine years working as an Operations Manager for a collections Law firm. Now she Works for Karnas Law Firm as a Litigation paralegal.